Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature…desert view

Posted: February 6, 2017 in Phoneography Challenge
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On one of my last days in Arizona, my s-i-l and I hiked Wind Cave Trail, not far from Mesa in distance but, as you can see, not at all city.  It was the first really nice day in the nine I’d been there, so there were quite a few people on the steep, rocky trail.  That tan bit is one of the smoother parts of the trail.

We worked up quite a sweat walking up, but in the shelter of the “cave” (overhang), we quickly became chilly.  Emerging into the sun, we had a glorious view of the Phoenix area in the distance, the downtown area just to the left of the two little hills.  (If you click on the photo and then click again, you can see the buildings.)  The dotted line of white just above halfway is made up of the parked vehicles of the hikers.  There’s also quite a “forest” of saguaro cacti.  Although the view was great, we had to keep our eyes firmly on the trail, only looking while stopped.  You definitely don’t want to get off the trail and into the cacti without paying attention!

  1. Warm and dry. Watch your step. Dogs never learn.

  2. Lenore Brashear says:

    I love the desert, especially the Sonoran variety with the saguaro and ocotillo cacti. The desert, and it’s dwellers, are beautiful, but can be deadly to those who don’t pay attention. I spent a winter in 1958 working on a dude (guest) ranch in the Wickenburg area. North and a bit West of where you were.

  3. Janet, welcome back, your image is just what I needed this morning. I’ve spent much time in the Southwest and West, and it’s always cathartic. Your capture is filled with reminders of the beauty and majesty of the area. Happy Photo Challenge.

    • It’s nice to be back, Sally, even though as you know, the cyber break was wonderful. I’m glad you enjoyed the shot. It was a marvelous view! Have a wonderful day and week.


  4. Allan G. Smorra says:

    What a gorgeous day for a hike and some mobile photography. I like this photo, Janet. The cactus in the foreground and the tree branches framing the edges of the image combine to make a delightful composition.

  5. It’s a beautiful environment – all the little textures, colors and discoveries if you pay attention, but not my fav place. But those barrel cactus always make me smile – they are like little alien ushers waiting to show you around.

  6. bythebriny says:

    It’s so beautiful, and so different from the Pacific Northwest! We have a very small variety of wild cactus growing on a rocky outcrop by the ocean — wicked thorns, as my dog and I both learned the hard way.

    • One of the things I enjoy so much about travel is seeing the many different types of flora and fauna. It’s amazing to me the way animals burrow holes in and then live in cacti and seeing birds casually sitting on them is quite funny. But the spines of the cacti are not so funny.


  7. Angeline M says:

    Looks like that barrel cactus is sitting and watching a show. And what a show. Lovely desert photo, Janet.

  8. Dan Antion says:

    I love the composition in this photo. It seems to go on forever.

  9. marianallen says:

    Gorgeous view! Wonderful depth!

  10. Warm and dry. Watch your progression. Mutts never learn….What an exquisite day for a climb and some portable photography. I like this photograph, Janet…

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